'...cultured, uncomplicated and highly lyrical... showing a clear symbiotic relationship between soloist and orchestra.' - Bachtrack / London Mozart Players - Schumann Concerto, 2020

Maciej Kulakowski

In 2015 at the age of 19, Maciej won 1st Prize and a special award at the Lutoslawski International Cello Competition. He was a Laureate in the Finals of the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and a prize winner at the 2019 YCAT International Auditions in London.

Over the last year Maciej has given performances of the Schumann Concerto with the London Mozart Players, Saint-Saëns Concerto No.1 with the Polish Baltic and Opole Philharmonic Orchestras, Haydn Concerto in C with the Koszalin Philharmonic and the Dvořák Concerto with the Polish Chamber Orchestra Sopot.

He gave solo recitals at the Emanacje Music Festival in Lusławice, and was invited to record Penderecki’s complete solo cello music. 

This season Maciej returns to Wigmore Hall to give two solo recitals. He premieres a new work by Anna Roclawska-Musialczyk in Gdansk, takes part in the Kronberg Festival, appears as soloist with the Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra in Białystok and records with Delphian.

Recitals and chamber music have taken Maciej across Europe and further afield, highlights including the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles, Beijing Super Cello Festival, the Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Ludwigsburger Schloss, Sopot Classic, Moritzburg, Hohenstaufen and Munich Rising Stars Festivals.

He has collaborated with Krzysztof Penderecki, Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Viviane Hagner, Stephen Waarts, Charles Neidich, Arnold Steinhardt, Jan Vogler and Lawrence Power and worked with conductors Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Frank Braley, Marek Moś and Stéphane Denève.

Solo appearances include the National Philharmony Warsaw, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Juventus, the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Brussels Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Calgary Symphony and Aukso: Chamber Orchestra of Tychy, among many others.  

Born in Gdansk, Maciej studied with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Kronberg Academy. In 2016 he received a scholarship and special prize from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, and in 2015 won 2nd Prize at the TONALI Competition in Hamburg. He has recorded music by Arensky with the Wilkormirski Trio for the DUX label.

Maciej previously studied with Marcin Zdunik at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Mannheim University and the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar.

Maciej plays a Giovanni Baptista Ruggeri Cello made in Cremona, 1700 on loan from a Charitable Trust.

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Sue Hudson – Senior Artist Manager [email protected]

Sean Dunn - Assistant Artist Manager [email protected]

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